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Worcester County Commissioner says recent animal control legislation is successful

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WORCESETER COUNTY, Md. – Worcester County Commissioners inform 47ABC legislation to stop animal neglect is working. The legislation was handed by Worcester County Commissioners in June. “This issue was that state laws, and the county laws, pertaining to domesticated animals were very vague, and had little to no teeth to them,” stated Worcester County Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom.

Nordstrom factors to 9 expenses not too long ago filed towards one Pocomoke City canine breeder, who neighbors and animal activists had been complaining about for years. With the recent legislation, these discovered responsible of violating the regulation may face probation from having the ability to breed or hold animals. They may additionally face potential fines and/or jail time. “It appears that what we have done is working in this case,” he stated. “We do wish that he took better care of his animals, and this legislation forces him to do so.”

Before the legislation was handed , officers may solely concern civil citations, and never really put a cease to alleged animal neglect. “If animals are being mistreated, if people are breeding or boarding and not doing the things that they need to do – like vaccinations and giving proper care – we need laws in place to be able to charge and prosecute those cases,” stated Nordstrom.

Nordstrom provides, it’s not nearly defending animals, it’s additionally about preserving Worcester County a fascinating place to stay. “There are disturbances. There are issues that prevent people who are just trying to live a peaceful existence from doing so. So, we want to protect these folks, too. We thought back then this legislation would go a long way toward that, and it seems that it is working,” he stated.